There are a lot of serum formulations on the market today that promise to fill in your lines and wrinkles. Some of course, better than others. Mostly, they do this by adding silicones to the serum. Silicone is often referred to on ingredient lists as Dimethicone. Lets be clear, Dimethicone is perfectly safe as an ingredient, in fact, I quite like it, as it gives your serum its silkiness, helping suspend other active ingredients in the product until released into your skin upon application. Dimethicone will also smooth and fill the surface of your skin making it appear less lined. Great!! I’m all for it!
But, here’s the thing. I prefer my serums to include other ingredients that do more than smooth and plump; I want my serums to contain meaningful active ingredients with the potential to change my skin for the better. Enter Vitamin B3.
Niacin also referred to as vitamin B3 or Niacinamide, is well recognised as an essential nutrient when it comes to a well-functioning and healthy body. Your digestive system, nervous system and brain function are all dependent on Niacin (Vitamin B3). Mostly you’ll get your daily supply from red meat, chicken, turkey and fish like salmon and tuna as well as green leafy vegetables, tomatoes and asparagus.
As essential as it is for your body, it may be time to view topical Niacinamide as a permanent ‘must have’ in your beauty regimen. Niacinamide is a very effective skin-restoring ingredient that offers multiple benefits for ageing skin. Among these benefits is the ability to visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, and a weakened skin surface.
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) Improves The Skin’s Barrier
Everything about your skin is better when the epidermal lipid barrier is functioning at its peak. Your lipid barrier helps retain moisture, keeps it hydrated for longer and will protect your skin from the harshness of the environment, regardless of the time of year. Niacinamide increases the production of ceramides (an essential component of your lipid barrier), keeping the skin strong and therefore preventing moisture loss.
Minimises Lines and Wrinkles
Niacinamide boosts collagen production. Along with the improvement of the skin’s lipid barrier comes an increase in cell differentiation which contributes to better synthesis and formation of collagen and elastin. In other words, as we know ageing is caused by free radicals attacking healthy cells. Niacinamide enhances two vital coenzymes in the skin that help neutralise those free radicals, which, in turn, has an antioxidant effect, increasing cell communication and preventing further damage. Music to my ears!
The transfer of pigment (melanosomes) from your melanocytes to the surrounding skin of your epidermis is known as a tan. However, over time, this activity becomes dysfunctional, and many of us end up with uneven, blotchy pigmentation rather than a golden tan. If your skin has become susceptible to hyperpigmentation, then Niacinamide will assist in the reduction of uneven pigmentation by slowing down the transfer of melanin to your skin’s epidermis. Including this smart ingredient into any hyper-pigmentation treatment plan is a must do!
Protects Skin From Infrared Light
Niacinamide protects the skin from the infrared heat of the sun. Along with the damaging effects of UV exposure, infrared activates free radicals and stimulates an overproduction of pigmented cells, and if your pigmentation is hormonal, heat is a big problem. Niacinamide protects the skin from heat.
Improves Dullness and Sallowness
While many antioxidants prevent damage caused by oxidative stress, Niacinamide goes one step further. As time goes by and with the constant exposure to free radicals and glycation, the skin can appear dull and sallow. Niacinamide as an antioxidant reduces this negative impact and improves the skin’s ability to deal with the damage.
Regulates Oil Production
When skin retains its natural moisture with a well-functioning lipid barrier, skins oil production is controlled. So, if you have oily skin, rather than trying to wash it scrupulously away and exacerbate the problem, consider topically applied Niacinamide as an essential factor in getting any excessive oil flow under control.
With an improved lipid barrier, the skin’s natural ability to protect itself from external aggressors becomes vastly improved. Over time and with a daily application of a Niacinamide formulation, improvements in skin structure will reduce redness and sensitivity.
Boosts The Immunity Of Your Skin
There are cells in skin known as Langerhans cells. They are responsible for the protection and repair mechanisms of skin, but when we expose skin to the sun, they temporarily retreat leaving the skin without its natural immunity against invading microbes or the safeguards against the activity of precancerous lesions. So a daily dose of Niacinamide is a great idea!
We ecommend the inclusion of Niacinamide for the prevention and treatment of hyper-pigmentation (because it works) and as you can see, it is an all-around ingredient for anti-ageing and skin health. Everyone, no matter how old, skin type or concern will benefit from the long-term use of this scientifically proven ingredient.